ABU Zaria and the University of the West of Scotland have decided to join forces to work on the African Agricultural Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (AAKTP).
The project targets local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in four African nations, namely Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.
Aiming to Enhance Agricultural Sector Through Knowledge Exchange
The AAKTP project facilitates knowledge exchange and capacity building in the agricultural sector.
The project will introduce new skills and the latest academic ideas to encourage strategic innovation in agriculture, aiming to enhance economic growth in the target nations.
The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabiru Bala, recently secured this partnership with the UK university.
Prof. Bala represented ABU at the meeting held at the University of the West of Scotland, where discussions centred on the collaboration and partnership between the two universities.
Facilitating Collaboration Through the African Forum Scotland
These important partnership discussions were facilitated by the African Forum Scotland, particularly by Dr Festus Olatunde Ogunmola, the Director of the Centre for Policy Research and Development in Glasgow.
Prof. Bala was accompanied at the partnership meeting by Prof. Musa Abdullahi Mahadi, the Director of the Division of Agricultural Colleges (DAC) at ABU, and DAC’s Linkages Coordinator, Dr Usman Ibrahim, and Dr Emmanuel Opoola.
High-ranking officials from the University of the West of Scotland were also present:
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stephanie Pitticas
- Prof. Milan Radosavljevic,
- Prof. John J. Struthers, Director of the Centre for Africa Research and Economic Development,
- Dr Kingsley O. Omeihe of the School of Business and Creative Industries.
Looking Ahead: An Agricultural Partnership with Potential
This partnership showcases a significant step in agricultural innovation and knowledge transfer within Africa.
By focusing specifically on local SMEs in the target countries, the project has the potential to bring tangible benefits to these economies and their agricultural sectors.
The AAKTP project could bring about strategic agricultural innovation and stimulate economic growth in the participating nations by providing the latest academic insights and new skills.
Updates and further details on the partnership’s initiatives will be released as the project progresses.
This pioneering venture between Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and the University of the West of Scotland promises to have a far-reaching impact on African agricultural development.
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